Saturday, May 17, 2008

It's the End of an Era...

1984 Lincoln Town Car, Signature Series
Complete with Plush seating and Indoor Paneling
(NO DVD Needed when traveling in this car!)

In 1984 I went with my mom and dad to the local Lincoln dealership in town. I was only 9 years old and didn't realize I would witness a virtual phenomenon take place right before my eyes...I saw a man pay CASH for a brand new car! That man was my dad, Mr. Cash Only, man! I knew we were not rich, however he always carried a money clip with a lot of cash on it. He died in 1992 and I've never seen money since!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He paid a little over $20,000 for this car and I've kept the receipt to show my kids some day. $16,000 CASH and $4,000+ in a cashiers check. I would love to know what the conversation was among the salesmen when we left. My dad was short, almost completely bald, and a little chubby...he must have looked like a member of the mafia that day!

Anyway, today we had a moment of silence and let the tow truck take it away forever. Mom decided to donate it to Habitat for Humanity. They send out a tow truck and make any repairs necessary before they sell it. All profits go to HforH. So it's a good cause and hopefully it will be a good car for somebody.

Good Ole Betsy was a mere 24 years old with less than 150,000 miles on it. Unfortunately she hasn't run for a few months. She needs a battery and maybe some power steering fluid. Besides that the doors are so heavy you can hardly open them and the seals are worn around the windows. Take her through a car wash and you won't need a bath for the day! The A/C doesn't work and my favorite part is that she is about a mile long...a true bat mobile!

If my dad were alive today, he'd be amazed at people getting car loans for 5, 6, or 7 years! He NEVER had a credit card and died at a young 45 years old not owing anybody a penny! I wish I could do that!!!!

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